Playing for Keeps

By Joan Lowery Nixon

Rosie can’t think her solid good fortune. Her grandmother, Glory, wishes a last-minute roommate for a cruise to the Caribbean. yet Glory doesn’t really want a companion–she’s longing for Rosie to satisfy her friend’s grandson, Neil, a brainy man jam-packed with proof approximately baseball. as soon as Rosie is aboard the send, even though, another person catches her eye–a boy her personal age, who introduces himself as Ricky Diago. yet after the send sails, Rosie merely sees Ricky’s uncle, Mr. Diago. What’s even stranger is that Neil may swear that Mr. Diago is basically a well-known Cuban baseball participant for the Cincinnati Reds. Then after a day’s day trip, Rosie is approached by means of one other boy who claims he’s Ricky Diago. She’s definite he’s now not the individual she met prior to. unexpectedly Rosie reveals herself stuck in a high-stakes experience of overseas intrigue with life-or-death effects. who's the genuine Ricky Diago? and the way a long way is Rosie keen to visit support him?

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You’re wrong,” I stated. “You act such as you and Glory are in a few form of contest over me, and you’re no longer. ” I must have stopped there, yet I blurted out, “You blamed me for now not being autonomous and never status up for what i think in, yet you don’t both. You do what Glory desires you to do. You care what Glory thinks. ” Now I’ve performed it, i presumed. I’ve ruined every thing. I took a deep breath and acknowledged to mother, “I’m sorry in regards to the get together, mother. You’re correct. I must have telephoned to invite you to take me domestic. If I’d recognized that certainly one of their pals may name the police—” “That’s your in basic terms cause? ” “No—no,” I stammered in shock. “That’s now not what I intended. ” “That’s what you acknowledged. ” I groaned. “Mom, I don’t are looking to argue anymore. I acknowledged i used to be sorry. I won’t make an analogous mistake back. Can’t we allow it drop? ” mother grew to become from the window and commenced to stroll around the room towards the hallway. “Check your clothes,” she acknowledged quietly. “See what wishes laundering prior to you pack. ” I sighed. “Mom, I already apologized. I’m sorry. What else am i able to say? ” mother went on as if I hadn’t stated a note. “You want a new pair of gown sneakers. we will be able to run over to Dillard’s this afternoon and purchase them. ” “Okay. Fine,” I spoke back. with out one other observe I mother to the entrance. If she wasn’t going to offer in, then I wouldn’t both. A flight attendant rolled her beverage cart to our row and smiled at me. “What do you want to drink? ” she requested. I requested for a Coke, and as I poured it over a cup of ice i decided. I’d cellphone mother once we reached the Miami airport. whereas every person used to be watching for their baggage, i'll break out from Glory and seek advice from mother in privateness. i started to think greater and the tight position less than my ribs slid away. I’d certainly name mother. Later, within the airport, whereas the driving force of the cruise ship’s van was once gathering our baggage, i discovered a close-by cellphone and made the decision, yet all I acquired used to be Mom’s recorded message. I stared on the cellphone, disenchanted and disillusioned. “Rosie! Hurry up! ” Glory shouted at me. “It’s me, mother. i admire you,” I stated to the computer, and hung up the telephone. I ran to affix the others, who have been mountaineering into the van. “Look at that send! It’s vast! ” I exclaimed. because the van approached the Miami harbor, the send loomed over the waterfront constructions. Mrs. Eloise Fleming, the oldest member of Glory’s bridge membership, was once squeezed in subsequent to me. She leaned ahead, squinting. “What’s large? ” she shouted. Neil Fleming, her seventeen-year-old grandson, who sat around the aisle, tapped her shoulder and acknowledged, “You’re taking a look within the incorrect path, Grandma. The ship’s over there. ” Neil used to be just about six toes tall, yet he sat just a little round-shouldered, as though he have been used to hunching over a working laptop or computer keyboard. His thick hair was once darkish. in my view it was once minimize and combed all improper. His eyes, which have been a deep blue, regarded light at the back of the glare of his wire-rimmed glasses. He used to be donning a long-sleeved Hawaiian blouse, revealed with crimson flamingos and crimson hibiscus. I was hoping his grandmother had picked it out.

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